Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 year ago

I remember the wringer washer. Dad bought one for my mom. I also remember my sister getting her arm caught in it and me calling for our mom.

Jim K
1 year ago

In regard to RV quality and repair issues, don’t purchase an RV without having the dealer add to the contract “ The length of the warranty will be extended the same number of days the RV is in the shop for repairs”. That way if your RV is in the shop for 6 months and you have a one year warranty that warranty gets extended by the 6 months you were deprived of its use.
If this was implemented the dealers would be more responsive and the quality would increase.

1 year ago

I was always afraid of our ringer washer. The ringer apparatus arm had the tendency to all of a sudden break loose and swing around in circles! I have been hit in the shoulder more than once. Then, while watching the washer dance around the floor I had to pull the plug.

1 year ago

I can remember our wringer washing machine, out in the 1-car garage. My mom was certain that I would get my fingers caught in the wringer, so she made me so scared of that thing that I would just look at it from a distance. Yes, I’m old …. 75 next week.

1 year ago
Reply to  Linda

My Mom had that type washing machine, I used it to store night crawlers…….I found out what “eating off the mantel meant” ha! Happy birthday Linda, wish you many more.

Eric Kaminsky
1 year ago

Over my years of reading RVTravel I have agreed and disagreed with you. I feel I am qualified to do so based on over 35 years of RVing. On the subject of quality, I agree with you 100%. Over and over I tell people that an RV is a rolling fix-it list. But I am referring to ordinary RV repairs. The subject of poor quality coming out of the factory plus uncaring after sale service by both the dealer and manufacturer has been at the forefront of concern for as long as I can remember. Over and over I opine that one must be nuts to buy a new RV and over and over people buy new RVs. (Of course, without buyers of new RVs there would be no used RVs. But that is another story.) The answer can be and must be a nationwide push to add RVs to the laws applicable to automobile dealers and manufacturers, particularly lemon laws. This Should include penalties for excessively long periods of time an RV is in the shop waiting for repairs to be completed. Why this has not been done – other than possibly strong lobbying efforts by the RV industry – is a mystery. An RV is a vehicle just as is a car notwithstanding that most RVs cost several times more than the average car. Perhaps RVTravel can be the impetus for a national push.

Curt Passafume Jr
1 year ago

In regards to your story on the homeless camp that was shown in Colorado and wider issue of poverty, especially childhood poverty in this country there is quite a bit to say but the solutions are daunting as a society. One of the issues at hand (how major it is will be a topic in the 2020 general election) is the widening gap in wealth and earning potential in our country. I a not necessarily a top 1% percent hater…but….the data is compelling. When tenants are evicted enmasse from a housing unit it is rarely their collective faults but the fault of a landlord who is not interested in providing safe housing but simply in the monthly checks. In our area of the country (central Ohio) I have been watching with interest the growth in rental units in comparison to single family homes and it is about 10:1. When I talk to young buyers in our market their comments are universal. They will never be able to earn sufficient income to make home ownership practical and they continue to fear losing jobs, even substantially earnings jobs due to the ever volatile working conditions and risks of job loss. That is just two of the ever growing community issues needing to be addressed by both state and federal legislators who have proven to us that due to severe gridlock the ability to govern on behalf of the electorate just is not happening. Without functioning leadership in government the path will remain difficult if not impossible to navigate us to solutions that will prove beneficial.
Anyone else on the term limits bandwagon? I think it will remain our single hope to reverse this course and take us back to the America we grew up with.

Ray Cordero
1 year ago

I might disagree on some of your points above but here is an example of an owner/landlord who thinks differently. There’s got to be more to this story.

Lee Ensminger
1 year ago
Reply to  Ray Cordero

Ray, I think you’re right-there HAS to be more to that story. I read it, and watched the video. My opinion-and it’s just that-is that everyone in the park is a full-time resident. All of the quotes in the story seem to support this. “The other parks are full! There’s nowhere to go!” Those aren’t the statements of transient or traveling RVers. Those are the concerns of people who live there 24/7/365. I think the new owner is trying to return the park to what it originally was; a vacation destination where you stay a few days up to a couple of weeks, but then move on. Frankly, if that’s the plan, I don’t blame him. I’ve had to stop in places where a majority of the residents were living there full-time, and I’ll avoid that if I possibly can. The worst [for me] is when you are assigned a site that’s between two full-timers. Junk on either side, and often barely enough room to get into the site because of what I call “Boundary Creep” from the full-timers, who expand well beyond their site.

Lee Ensminger
1 year ago

Curt, I also think some of their inability to experience home ownership comes from having to have non-essentials like a $1,000.00 phone, streaming data plan, more car/truck than they can afford, etc. They’ve been brainwashed that everyone “has” to have those things. Housing is too far down their list. And it’s not just fear of losing their job-which is real-but also the fact that young people today jump from job to job at the slightest whim. And sometimes their job loss is self-inflicted, by failing a drug test, being late to work, not showing up for work, the list goes on. One final thing: I’m absolutely on board with term limits! Politics was never meant to be a career when the Founding Fathers set things up.

Bill P
1 year ago

We had a terrible experience with Camping World in Ashland, VA. There is no sense of urgency, once they have your rig in their shop they know they can take their good old time with it. Craftsmanship is nonexistent, I wound up having to go back in and rework nearly everything they touched.

When I think of the thousands I paid them for shoddy work and the hours I had to put in repairing and correcting what they had done, it makes my blood boil.

I wouldn’t pull into a Camping World lot to change a flat tire now.

Steve Lawrence
1 year ago

Good morning RV Traveler Staff,
I appreciate your efforts and thank you for your many years of knowledge that helped me not make a huge mistake when purchasing my RV. Without your input, I would have not known the industry habits and shortcomings, the proper way to negotiate, the things to say no to, and I certainly would not have known to be so detailed in the pre-signing process. Because of this information you provided me, I have been extremely happy with my purchase of a Grand Design 5th wheel and with the Country Camper dealer in NH that I chose to do business with.

With this said, please do not stop educating us on the items you have and continue to learn but may I make a suggestion; When someone does make a change and tries to put the good back into this business, make note of it as well. My belief is that Grand Design is doing exactly that. Interesting enough, they never are on the recall lists and I don’t recall ever hearing you mention something bad about them. In my opinion, we always need to identify the bad and the ugly so we know what the problem is but the true success will come from identifying the good so they will continue to provide a better choice for us to benefit from. Then the others will either change for the better or will go away because of their failure to bring their quality up.

I am a business owner and we operate our company the same way. We strive to be the very best in in the alarm industry. This cost our customers a little more but our simple goal is to exceed our customer’s expectations. Because of this effort for many years, our competition in our area has had to change their bad habits in order to compete with us. The consumers are the beneficiaries of this and we sleep very well at night.

Again, I thank you and the entire staff for your efforts and they will pay off, it just takes time.

Cody Gaved
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve Lawrence

Steve, I agree with you 100% on your comment to identify the bad and ugly along with the good for any and all RV manufactures. I myself am a two time Artic Fox travel trailer owner and will continue purchasing from this manufacture as long as positive feedback from other owners, dealers and RV Travel buying guides are publicized.